Zoo To You Program visits Oswego County BOCES

Pigwidgeon, an eastern screech owl, is nearly inaudible as he flaps his wings during a visit with Oswego County BOCES students. Zoo To You Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos talked to students at OCB about the shape and design of an owl’s feathers and how this helps the animal fly very stealth-like when tracking prey.
Pigwidgeon, an eastern screech owl, is nearly inaudible as he flaps his wings during a visit with Oswego County BOCES students. Zoo To You Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos talked to students at OCB about the shape and design of an owl’s feathers and how this helps the animal fly very stealth-like when tracking prey.

Students at Oswego County BOCES’ Fourth Street School and Stepping Stones Day Program welcomed three special guests to their school recently.

The guests were a ball python, an eastern box turtle and an eastern screech owl. They are part of the Zoo To You traveling wildlife education program coordinated through the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

Accompanying the three guests for the visit was Education Coordinator Ashlea Vallejos and Program Volunteer Jennifer Marquez, who talked to students about each animal’s unique characteristics, natural habitat, eating habits, and natural predators as well as their environment at the zoo.

In addition, each student was given an opportunity to interact with the zoo professionals and animals, learning first-hand what a snake’s skin and a turtle’s shell feels like and how quiet an owl is in flight.

Foul shooting contest winners

The Kiwanis Club of Fulton and Fulton Savings Bank recently announced the winners of the annual Nunzio Fichera Foul Shooting Contest, which was held March 2  at the Fulton War Memorial. The winners included first grade, Bradyn Kuc and Mason Fuller; second grade, Will Patterson and Elizabeth Caltabiano; third grade girls, Channing Noel and Kendall Cuyler; fourth grade girls, Skyler Gibson and Lexi Patterson; third grade boys, Mathew Miller and Robert Voss; fourth grade boys, Brandon Witkovsky and Brian Sullivan; fifth grade girls, Brooke Jarvis and Bernadette DeMott; sixth grade girls, Jacquline Knobluck and Elizabeth Roik; fifth grade boys, Dillan Plantz and Anthony Dashnau; and sixth grade boys, Ryan Barry and Joey Benabidz.
The Kiwanis Club of Fulton and Fulton Savings Bank recently announced the winners of the annual Nunzio Fichera Foul Shooting Contest, which was held March 2 at the Fulton War Memorial. The winners included first grade, Bradyn Kuc and Mason Fuller; second grade, Will Patterson and Elizabeth Caltabiano; third grade girls, Channing Noel and Kendall Cuyler; fourth grade girls, Skyler Gibson and Lexi Patterson; third grade boys, Mathew Miller and Robert Voss; fourth grade boys, Brandon Witkovsky and Brian Sullivan; fifth grade girls, Brooke Jarvis and Bernadette DeMott; sixth grade girls, Jacquline Knobluck and Elizabeth Roik; fifth grade boys, Dillan Plantz and Anthony Dashnau; and sixth grade boys, Ryan Barry and Joey Benabidz.

 

 

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

The CNY Arts Center marches on toward spring with two more topics offered in Digital Photography 101 with Kendra Matott.

March 19 will cover focus as students learn how and where to focus in a photograph and how depth of field affects what is in focus. March 26 will share composition tips about composing good photos and improving your basic snap shots. Both classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The next Author’s Spotlight, March 20 at 7 p.m., will feature Rev. Diane Bradshaw as she discusses her book “I Am Arnold, A Controversial Look at a World War II Veteran’s Five-Year Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Bradshaw graduated from Empire State College with a BS degree and from Colgate-Rochester with a master of divinity degree.

Bradshaw has served as an officer (Captain) in the Salvation Army and as a United Methodist minister in Pennellville. It is her first book.

Bradshaw’s husband, Arnold, received care at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. This intimate recalling of that experience takes an honest look at the care a person who is hospitalized receives and the sometimes anguishing role of a loving spouse.

March Madness and Easter come together in another culinary delight, March 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will have fun decorating basketball cookies and cupcakes, and Easter treats too. Students must preregister for this class. No walk-ins accepted.

March wraps up with another oil painting class with Bonnie McClellan. “Autumn in its Glory” will teach students how to add wildlife to landscapes — a deer, elk, moose or more — March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New spring quarter classes will start April 6 with a full roster of art, writing, and culinary classes and a return of Kids OnScreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and up. Details will be available online soon for all the spring classes.

Our festival season kicks off with open registrations for our third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink.

And registration is open for Harborfest Showcase Oswego booths through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount but time is limited. Vendors can find more information at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

Live auction to highlight Lions club’s wine and beer tasting

The Oswego Lions Club will hold its 15th annual wine and beer tasting with silent auction Friday, March 22 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Cakes Galore or from any Lions Club member. Tickets will be available at the door. Each person will be provided a complimentary wine glass or beer mug at the door.

“The Oswego Lions Club is looking forward to the Wine and Beer tasting with silent auction again this year,” said Steve Jurivich, president of the local chapter of Lions International. “The event has truly become one that the entire community looks forward to each March.”

The annual event will once again showcase many of the area’s beer vendors and New York State wineries, including Fulkerson Winery, Americana Vineyards, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Anthony Road Wine Company, and Young and Somers Winery, Eagle Beverage and Onondaga Beverage.

A “new” tasting this year will feature “Taste the Word,” offering coffee tastings with iced coffee and Irish coffee.

The silent auction will feature many donated items from businesses throughout the area. Items to be auctioned off will include gift certificates from many restaurants in the area such as Blue Moon Grill, Port City Café, The Red Sun and Mimi’s Drive In.

Ray’s Furniture Perk has donated restored antique chairs and a doll/trophy case. There are gift baskets from Devine Designs by Gail, Green Planet Grocery, The Coffee Connection and Harbor Towne Gifts.

Cakes Galore has donated a “cake a month for a year,” Riverview Wellness donated a 60-minute signature facial, and there are admission tickets to Darien Lake.

There will be a live auction at the end of the event with local auctioneer Ted Sivers. The featured live auction this year will be a dinner for four at the high bidder’s home, courtesy of Bill Wadsworth, restaurateur of Bistro 197.

Wadsworth was born and raised in Oswego and is a graduate of Oswego State University and Capella University. He is an untrained food enthusiast and opened his first restaurant at age 27 – Avanti Bistro. He opened Bistro197 in November 2011. This personalized meal will include appetizers, dinner and dessert.

Another featured item for the live auction will be a wine cellar with over 20 bottles of wine and a wine refrigerator.

Complimentary appetizers will be provided. A cash bar will also will be available at The American Foundry.

All proceeds of the event will benefit The Oswego Lions Club and their active role within, and contributions to the community.

SUNY Oswego ranks high on U.S. News list of online MBA programs

SUNY Oswego’s online MBA ranks 26th best among comparable degree programs at more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide, according to U.S. News’ 2013 “Best Online Graduate Business Programs” rankings.

The U.S. News survey weighed faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.

Oswego’s ranking puts it in the top 12 percent nationally of the 213 schools with online MBA programs responding to the U.S. News questionnaire.

U.S. News published numerical rankings for the top 148 institutions on the list. Washington State University’s program ranked No. 1. New York has five institutions in the top 50.

In addition to Oswego, they are Clarkson University, Marist College, Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

“I am very pleased to see our ranking among schools offering online MBAs,” said Richard Skolnik, dean of the School of Business at SUNY Oswego. “However, what is more satisfying about it is the quality of students and quality of education we have in our online MBA program.”

Skolnik pointed to the rich mix of students in the online courses: students in a variety of occupations seeking the convenience of a setting whose time and location are not fixed, those who would find it difficult to leave careers and families for a residential MBA, along with students in traditional, classroom-based MBA programs.

“The rigor of the program is the same as courses held in a traditional classroom,” he said. “It requires a significant amount of time and attention for the students and faculty.”

Oswego ranked near the top in the U.S. News survey in terms of faculty credentials and training. Full-time faculty members teach many of the online MBA courses, Skolnik said.

“The quality of the online program speaks to the investment SUNY Oswego has made in online education,” Skolnik said.

He credited instructional designers, campus technology personnel and the SUNY Learning Network for the online MBA program’s success, as well as faculty and students.

“There’s a lot of support and feedback throughout the entire process and that helps create a quality experience,” he said.

Fire ravishes local business

Pictured is Pathfinder Industries, located at 117 N. Third St., in the aftermath of a fire that broke out at the machine shop late Saturday night.
Pictured is Pathfinder Industries, located at 117 N. Third St., in the aftermath of a fire that broke out at the machine shop late Saturday night.

A fire broke out at Pathfinder Industries Saturday night at approximately at 9:50 p.m., leaving the building destroyed.

The Fulton Fire Department battled the blaze for nearly five hours, along with mutual aid assistance from the City of Oswego, Volney, Cody, Granby and Minetto fire departments. Personnel from the Oswego County Fire coordinators office also assisted.

Firefighters had to fight the flames from outside of the facility. Oswego’s city fire department sent its aerial ladder track to combat the blaze. Firefighter remained at the 117 N. Third St. location into Sunday morning, putting out hot spots.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and currently under investigation by the City of Fulton Fire and Police Departments, as well as the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control. No civilian injuries were reported.

According to Mayor Ron Woodward, another local machine shop has offered to help in any way that they can, including lending supplies. Woodward wasn’t sure if the owners would accept the offer because he said they were “over their head right now with talking to their insurance company.”

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Ruth Kocher, Bowling Hall of Fame member

Kocher, RuthRuth N. Kocher, 79 of Palermo, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at home.

A native of DuBois, Pa., she had resided in Palermo since 1967. She was an avid bowler and was a member of the NYS Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame and she was also an avid bingo player.

She was a wife and stay-at-home mom, raising their seven children.

She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Robert, who died March 2.

Surviving are her children, Ronald, Ruthie, Rebecca, Royanne, Rachel, Richard and Roger; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings; and nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services.

Contributions may be made to Palermo Volunteer Fire Department, 4170 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.

Foster Funeral Home was in care of arrangements.

Dale McFarland, Air Force veteran

OBITS-McFarlandDaleDale A. McFarland, 73, of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Oswego Hospital.

He was born in Sterling, a son to the late Allen and Marjorie McFarland. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 until 1966. His law-enforcement career began at Fair Haven Beach State Park as a Park Ranger/Police until 1979.

He then went to work at Niagara Mohawk where he worked until his retirement in 1994. During that time, he was the Police Officer for the Village of Fair Haven.

He worked court security for the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department where he finally retired for good in 2008.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eleanor McFarland of Sterling; two sons, Andrew A. (fiancé, Gail) McFarland of Hannibal and Timothy A. McFarland of Granby; two sisters, Maxine Goodsell and Carolyn Keville both of Sterling; three grandchildren, Candra (Joshua) McFarland-Gawarecki of Hannibal, Dustin McFarland and Amanda McFarland both of Scriba; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 with services to follow at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

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